University of Maiduguri
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The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) is located in Maiduguri, a city in Borno State in northeast Nigeria. The university was created by the federal government in 1975, with the intention of its becoming one of the country's principal higher-education institutions. It enrolls about 25,000 students in its combined programs, which include a college of medicine and faculties of agriculture, arts, dentistry, education, engineering, law, management science, pharmacy, science, social science, and veterinary medicine. With the encouragement of the federal government, the university has recently been increasing its research efforts, particularly in the fields of agriculture and conflict resolution, and expanding the university press. The total budget is ₦1,920,660,623.11. The university is the major higher institution of learning in the north-eastern part of the country.
In the early morning on January 16, 2017, there was a suicide bomb attack at a mosque at the University. The explosion killed four people, including Professor Aliyu Mani and one of the attackers, and wounding seventeen. The wounded were rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Another attacker, a girl approximately 12 years old, was reportedly shot by police as she approached the university, detonating her explosives and killing her.
Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. The number of attackers involved has varied between reports, but one of the bombers was believed to be a teenage girl.
- Umar Buba Bindir, Nigerian Agricultural engineer and incumbent Director-General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP)
- Lt-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, Nigeria
- Dr. Aminu Gamawa, a lawyer.
- Umar, Haruna (January 16, 2017). "Bombers at Nigeria's Maiduguri University kill professor". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017.
Three suicide bombers, including a child, exploded at dawn Monday at Nigeria's northeastern University of Maiduguri, killing a university professor and another child, witnesses and police said [...] He said 15 wounded people were evacuated to hospitals. The National Emergency Management Agency which carried out the evacuations put the wounded at 17.
- "University Professor Killed By Suicide Bombers At The University Of Maiduguri". Sahara Reporters. January 16, 2017. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017.
Before he was killed today, Professor Mani served the university as the Director of Veterinary Services.
- "Suicide attack hits Nigeria's University of Maiduguri". Al Jazeera. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
- "Boko Haram claims suicide bombing that killed three on Nigeria campus". The Japan Times. January 17, 2017. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017.
Four persons, including a professor and the second suicide bomber, died, while 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to UMTH (University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital).
- Hussain, Bukar; Abubakar, Aminu (January 16, 2017). "At least three dead in Nigeria suicide attack". Yahoo News. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017.
Islamist group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly used young women and girls as human bombs, claimed responsibility for the attack. "We are the ones that triggered the explosions in the University of Maiduguri," said Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in an audio message. "A woman can fight when the need arises."
- University of Maiduguri Official website
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